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September 29th

Question 5 could bring $2.1 million to Stadium

September 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – An engine of the local economy could get a turbo-boost if voters approve Question No. 5 on the November ballot.

The referendum would authorize the state to float $35 million in bonds, much of it to support nine of the state’s most significant arts and culture organizations, including some $2.1 million for the Stadium Theatre, the only potential beneficiary in the Blackstone Valley.

September 28th

School uniform policy no longer uniform

September 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s official: the School Committee has abolished the school uniform policy at Woonsocket High School. But the policy is still in full force at the elementary schools, and it’s been scaled back at Woonsocket Middle School.
The panel adopted the recommendations of its review subcommittee on a 3-2 vote Wednesday, modifying the controversial policy for the first time since it was adopted in 2010.

September 25th

Citizen calls ethics fouls on three councilors

September 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A city resident says he filed three separate ethics complaints against members of the City Council Thursday, but staff at the Ethics Commission would not confirm having received them.

Katherine D’Arezzo, senior staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, said state law gives the director three days to decide whether to accept ethics complaints for further review. If he does, then the agency will acknowledge them and make the details public.

“At this point it’s as if they never existed,” D’Arezzo said.

September 24th

Cumberland's Mitchell is search panel's first choice for schools superintendent

September 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Cumberland Assistant Schools Supt. Robert Mitchell has been offered the superintendent’s job here, beating out the hometown favorite, Interim Supt. and Curriculum Director Dr. Patrick McGee, members of the search committee have confirmed.
But Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said McGee has been offered a promotion to the position of assistant superintendent, a job that doesn’t officially exist, at least not yet.

September 22nd

Handcuffed suspect escapes police; three arrested in housebreak attempt, scuffle

September 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – When three suspects in an attempted housebreak allegedly became violent and unruly Sunday, one of them managed to escape from police custody with her wrists in handcuffs, officers say.

Yajaira Alvarado, 21, was missing for about an hour before her family called police to tell them she wanted to surrender, according to police.

September 21st

Autumnfest ready to go to ‘Mega War’

September 21, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Time is running out to get a team entered in this year’s edition of the Mega War Competition at Autumnfest.

Richard and Cheryl Savaria, organizers of the competition, have just one more Open category (18 and older) team slot to fill, and four team berths in the high school competition.

Each of the two team categories offer three prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third, Richard Savaria said on Sunday.

September 18th

Two pets survive house of horrors

September 18, 2014

BLACKSTONE – An extremely malnourished bloodhound loaded with fleas and covered with sores, and a young unspayed, flea-bitten cat so weak it could barely walk were also living among the filth and vermin at 23 St. Paul St. where the bodies of three infants were discovered among feces, maggots and dirty diapers last week.

Four living children, aged between 6 months and 13 years, were also found living amid the squalor.

Both animals were rescued and are now at the Medfield Animal Shelter, where they are awaiting adoption.

Full story appears on page A1 of Friday's Call.

September 15th

The sad cleanup continues

September 15, 2014

BLACKSTONE – A crime-scene cleaning company is expected to finish its work today removing biohazardous material from a squalid house on St. Paul Street, where the bodies of three infants were discovered last week among feces, maggots and dirty diapers.

September 14th

How old is too old to drive a bus?

September 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Age is one thing, ability another.

That’s what the owners of two school bus companies and a local police chief are saying after a school bus operated by an 84-year-old man struck a 15-year-old boy in nearby Northbridge earlier this week. The boy suffered serious head injuries and was placed in a medically induced coma at a Worcester-area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition on Friday.

William Legare, president of Valley Transportation, based in Woonsocket, said he once employed a school bus driver who was 84 years old.

September 12th

VIDEO: Week 2 preview: Patriots at Vikings

September 12, 2014

VIDEO: Week 2 preview: Patriots at Vikings
The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young takes a look at the Patriots' Week 2 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

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